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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Boeing delivers first 767 Freighter to FedEx Express

Posted  September 6, 2013

Boeing and FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp., celebrated Sept. 4 the delivery of the Memphis, Tenn.,-based express shipping company’s first 767-300 Freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters. “Today’s delivery of our first Boeing 767 Freighter is another step forward in our fleet modernization…

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NASA to share universe with Instagram users through its images

Posted  September 6, 2013

NASA is launching an official Instagram profile that will take its fans on an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond. “We’re constantly looking to expand our social media portfolio to include tools that will best tell NASA’s story of exploration and discovery,” said NASA Press Secretary Lauren Worley. “Instagram has a passionate following…

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Headlines September 4, 2013

Posted  September 4, 2013

News: Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution Sept. 4 authorizing a limited U.S. military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force. The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution…

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Posted  September 4, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,133 As of Sept. 3, 2013, at least 2,133 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,770 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lockheed Martin’s paveway II dual mode laser guided bomb successfully employed in Navy exercises

Posted  September 4, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb was successfully employed in recent U.S. Navy Tactics Development exercises at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev. During four missions over a two-day period, F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets released 36 GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with recently upgraded paveway II DMLGB guidance…

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NAVAIR professionals team with NASA, FAA and Army in helicopter crash test

Posted  September 4, 2013

NASA photograph A CH-46 Sea Knight fuselage hits the ground during a 30-mile-per-hour free fall at NASA Langley Research Center, Va., Aug. 28 during a joint crashworthiness test. The Naval Air Systems Command, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Army teamed up to study helicopter crash survivability. Engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center…

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EURO HAWK® sets Record with 25-hour nonstop flight in Germany

Posted  September 4, 2013

The EURO HAWK® unmanned aircraft system set an endurance record Aug. 8 when it flew continuously for 25.3 hours in European airspace.

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Boeing tanker remains on schedule with start of second refueling boom Assembly

Posted  September 4, 2013

Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force Sept. 3 when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program. Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it…

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NASA introduces new blueprint for transforming global aviation

Posted  September 4, 2013

Based on a fresh look at the future of aviation – as well as global trends in technology, the environment and economics –NASA's aeronautical innovators have chartered a new strategic vision for its aviation research programs.

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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

Posted  September 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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